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Nouvel is a French architect and industrial designer, who studied at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. After graduating, he worked at the architectural practice of Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, where he was quickly promoted to project manager. He went on to establish his own practice in partnership with François Seigneur. As an architect, he has built numerous projects, including the important Arab World Institute, Paris, and has received several awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1989, and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. Generally, his high-tech style is more serious than frivolous, although occasionally exhibiting the influence of postmodernist humor, such as his Barcelona Hotel. His design work encompasses interiors, graphic design, and furniture.
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